Women's Basketball Returns To Chicago For Final Homestand
Feb. 23, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team returns to the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night to begin its final two-game homestand of the season when it faces the visiting Detroit Titans at 7 p.m.
The Flames (12-13, 7-7 Horizon League) return to their home floor following a homestand in which they split a pair of contests at Butler, falling 78-57, and Valparaiso, where they were victorious, 69 64. The win over the Crusaders saw four UIC players score in double figures led by Briana Hinkle who poured in a game-high 19 points. Taylor Foulks added 15 points and tied a career-high with five steals, while Jasmine Bailey recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Shameia Green also had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the win.
The triumph was the first for the Flames this season when they trailed at halftime. The Crusaders held a narrow 37-35 advantage at the break, however UIC cranked up the defensive intensity to help secure the important road victory.
Hinkle currently leads the Horizon League and ranks 24th overall in the NCAA with 3.0 steals per game. The Bexley, Ohio native is averaging 12.9 points per game and ranks third in the conference with 3.9 assists per contest. Green currently ranks fifth amongst Horizon League scorers with 15.6 points per game, while Bailey ranks fourth in the league with 2.5 steals per contest and sixth with 9.0 boards per game.
The Titans (11-14, 5-9 Horizon League) have dropped three of their last four games since knocking off the conference's second-seeded team, Butler, on Feb. 3. Following back-to-back losses at Valpo and against Wright State at home, Detroit bested Youngstown State last Thursday before narrowly falling to Cleveland State at home, 74-71, on Saturday afternoon.
The Titans projected rotation boasts a quartet of talented sophomores who do the bulk of the heavy lifting. Dominique Dixon is Detroit's leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, but that average rises in Horizon League play to 16.9 ppg, which ranks fifth in the league. 2010 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Yar Shayok has continued to blossom in her sophomore campaign as she is averaging a double-double for the Titans. Shayok averages a league-best 10.6 rebounds per game to go along with 10.1 points per game in the middle. Shayok is the only player in the conference who currently averages a double-double.
UIC got the best of the Titans in the first match-up this season at Detroit's Calihan Hall. The Flames won, 66-58, to snap a three-game losing streak against head coach Autumn Rademacher's club. Lisa Ryckbosch's squad used a 13-4 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Titans for good.
For complete game notes for Thursday's game, please click on the PDF at the top of the page.
The homestand wraps up on Saturday, Senior Day, against the Wright State Raiders. Prior to the 3 p.m. game, seniors Hinkle, Kristin Petrinec and Shanice Sadler will all be honored in a brief ceremony prior to the game.
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